Exhibition: Children's Artwork from Afalyca Community Centre, Baucau.

From 12-25 September, 2011 MHI was pleased to work with Gallery Sunshine Everywhere to present Labarik Husi Afalyca Baucau, an exhibition of children's art from Timor-Leste. The artwork presented was created by young children working at one of the very few community art centres in Timor Leste, Afalyca Community Arts Centre, in the town of Baucau. Centre Director Marqy da Costa and colleague Luis da Costa worked with children in a range of visual art mediums, including pencil drawings, paintings, shadow drawings and still life. The work was simple and fresh, yet provided a strong sense of Timor through representations of important national symbols, especially the uma lulik, Timor-Leste's evocative sacred houses. The work also provided a great sense of hope for the future as children explored their ideas and dreams in a creative way, led by these enterprising young community leaders.

Afalyca's staff, Marqy and Luis, see the potential of art for their community: to generate income, to inspire the creative development of young people, to promote peace and co-operation between Timorese people of different backgrounds, to help women become more empowered, and as a powerful means of communication across cultures. They presented the works in Labarik Husi Afalyca Baucau in this positive spirit. Gallery Sunshine Everywhere is a gallery-in-a-cafe that is dedicated to children's art and is an initiative of Maureen Ryan, Professor of Education from Victoria University, who recognises the need for children to have opportunities for artistic expression and exposure.

View the Labarik Husi Afalyca Baucau exhibition in Gallery Sunshine's online gallery.

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